Mateship Charity Golf Tournament

3rd Annual Mateship Charity Golf Tournament

The relationship between Australia and the United States is unique in its breadth, depth and length, and characterized by genuine cultural affinity and a robust framework of bilateral cooperation. In 2018, Australia and the United States marked a centenary of mateship – a friendship first formed in the trenches of World War I during the Battle of Hamel on July 4, 1918. Join us as we celebrate over 100 years of Mateship on the golf course at the 3rd Annual Mateship Charity Golf Tournament.


AAA Veterans’ Fund

Australia is the only country to have fought side by side with the United States in every major military conflict since WWI, the only ally whose generals command US forces in the field, and which is fully integrated with US military and intelligence operations.

In recognition of the depth and strength of this 100 year alliance, the Association launched a Veterans’ Fund. Honorably discharged Australian and American veterans will have the opportunity to study abroad and experience first-hand the culture and society of each others’ country.

The program will enable eligible veterans to enroll in an accredited course of one year’s duration or longer that leads to the award of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at a tertiary institution.

The Association will partner with veterans’ support organizations of both sides of the Pacific to assist with outreach, review, and selection of award recipients, as well as to provide mentorship to awarded veterans.

The program was launched from proceeds raised at the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea Commemorative Dinner on May 4th and forms a new pillar in the Association’s Education Fund.

Monday, September 16
Registration 8:00 am
Shotgun Start 10:00 am

Whiskey Creek Golf Club
4804 Whiskey Ct
Ijamsville, MD, 21754

Guests of Honor

Greg Norman AO

Arguably the most successful athlete-turned-businessman in the world, Greg Norman is known as much for his entrepreneurial spirit in the boardroom as his dominance on the golf course.

The internationally renowned “Great White Shark” won more than 90 tournaments worldwide, including two Open Championships, and he holds the distinction of defending his No. 1 position in the world golf rankings for 331 weeks, the second-longest reign in history. As one of the most prolific players in the game’s history, his career culminated in 2001 when he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame with a higher percentage of votes than any other inductee in history. In 2009 and 2011, Greg served as the Presidents Cup captain of the International Team.

Throughout his life, Norman’s philanthropic efforts have quietly raised millions of dollars for charities, including CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, which for over two decades has been the primary benefactor of Norman’s PGA TOUR sanctioned event, the QBE Shootout.Greg lives in Hobe Sound, Florida, with his wife Kirsten. He has two grown children, Morgan and Greg Jr., and three grandchildren, Harrison, Hendrix and Poppy.
The Hon. Joe Hockey
Australian Ambassador to the United States of America

The Honourable Joe Hockey is Australia’s Ambassador to the United States of America, taking up his posting in Washington in January 2016.

Mr Hockey has had a long and distinguished career in public service. He first entered Parliament in 1996 as the Member for North Sydney and spent more than seventeen years on the front bench.

Mr Hockey served as a Minister in a number of different portfolios including Financial Services, Small Business and Tourism, Human Services and Employment and Workplace Relations.

In 2013 Mr Hockey was appointed Treasurer of the Commonwealth and was responsible for all economic policy including fiscal policy. He served as Chair of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in 2014 and a member of the leadership troika in 2015. As Treasurer he was a regular delegate to IMF, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and APEC meetings.

Previously Mr Hockey served as a banking and finance lawyer with a major Australian law firm. He graduated from the University of Sydney with Bachelor degrees in Arts and Law.

Mr Hockey is married to Ms Melissa Babbage, a company director and former investment banker. They have three young children Xavier, Adelaide and Ignatius.

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